Wanted to pop in and say Hello, to all those who still follow me. I am trying to keep up as I slow down.
We are bracing for the winter onslaught to hit and till it does we are trying to prepare the best we can. Order more propane so the truck won’t get stuck, while he is delivering it. Pulling beaver dams so we do not lose all I worked so hard for, THE HOUSE. JT and Rhythm are good. My sweetheart is still getting the old 54/55 Dodge buttoned up to help with snow removal, yesterday we ran 35 miles away to pick up a new heater fan, now to locate defroster hose, in the size needed, so we can keep windows in this old beast clear so he doesn’t destroy the yard. I hate what the plow does to the land but I hate shoveling in pain even more, so we will do what we have to with light shovels on the roof, maybe find a used electric snow thrower for the roof, as my Mom suggests. We have a very old snow blower but I may scrap my Dodge truck with bad tranny to purchase a new one, just in case we do not get enough snow for the plow now isn’t that a pleasant thought! I am always thinking.
I do not see the surgeon till the 11th but some good news, I have started to unfreeze the frozen part of the shoulder, not a lot but I see a difference. The horrible pain of tendon is there but if I use arm slowly it never rears its ugly head. I hate that pain. So depending on my options I will see if I can take one more shot to get through the worst of winter and maybe in March if it has not healed I will let him in to repair it, as our weather will start to look up by then. See always thinking.
I want to hit the gym every other day. With only one car, his truck it is hard. I only have to travel 3 miles each way so it is not bad maybe by spring I could ride a pedal bike that would be awesome.
I have also had a brilliant idea for a business and will apply to the Small Business Association for a loan. I could get out of this way of life if all goes well so please cross your fingers for me maybe your toes too. Thanks!
Holidays are not the same in this life I live now so just a few pretty things placed around the home to remind me it even on its way.
No children, no close family fun times, I will just be celebrating the birth of Christ this year and buying a small gift for a local child who will need a gift to open on Christmas Day. I look at what I used to be able to do for so many and now the new reality is charity begins at home. Save all year for heat and food and an occasional trip to the sea or woods to keep my sanity and not miss my old life so badly which it why I need you to keep the fingers and toes crossed because if all the good thoughts go out maybe just maybe I will have a new path doing good for others in need and getting paid and it is something I can do with my injuries.
Let me leave you with a pretty photo or two to lighten the heaviness of this post I am happy just a realist and life is what it is and there are really millions so much worse off. Which is why I always show you PRETTY THINGS there is enough ugly out there isn’t there.
Have a great week everyone!
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We all probably learned it in school, but most likely don’t remember the specifics. The picture to the left was taken of my Redspire Pear today. Cold, windy and rainy.
For many years, scientists have tried to fully understand the changes that happen to trees in the Autumn.
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, biochemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape awash with glorious color.
These chemicals are responsible.
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Well we took Mom for a ride and lunch to celebrate her upcoming 78th birthday which she will not be home for so we grabbed her while we could and went on in search for some pretty color far away.
We saw a farm with a pretty Maple Tree not quite at full color
As you can see a lot of green some orange and very little Red yet. Who knew this would be our fate today.
Just a little along a lake we found in western Massachusetts.
OMG I found RED, lol
A spot for us to reflect upon life and birthdays and the desire for peace for ALL
No this is not upside down just the reflections of the pretty trees that lined the lake shore.
We had company too not sure you can pick him out as he hunted the edges and trying to get away from me.
So in the end we had a nice lunch at a very old diner in Gardner and saw a few pretty leaves and a Great Blue Heron as we wished her a very Happy Birthday!
Hope you have a wonderful long weekend to all of the followers here in the states at we celebrate Columbus Day. It is our biggest influx of tourist’s in search of color I just hope they will not be disappointed in what we have to offer for it is all about getting out and appreciating Columbus and the trip he took to this new land.
It was early Friday and we thought for sure there would be no rain if we went far enough north. We packed the dogs water and food for her and some fruit and sandwich fixings in case we got hungry as well. We have not seen rain for two weeks and are due to have some and yesterday a few light showers passed through the White Mountains of New Hampshire but it did nothing to dampen our day as we are determined New Englander’s(wait is that a real word, lol?)
We headed up the highway till we hit the notch and the travelled across Route 112 West in search of a spot to get some panning done in the river and swing the metal detectors. JT had her agenda as well simply just to PLAY!
We dropped her daddy off at the river while I took a familiar ride to most of you,
though this time the color was not so brilliant I was either a few days late or maybe early. It was still a nice 20 mile ride to get a hot cup of coffee and for me and my girl to have some alone time. She loves riding shotgun with me two chicks in a black truck yes you know we turn heads lol.
Some of you already know I have a shoulder that has been hurting badly and having just had an injection by the surgeon I was up to getting out and since I can not see him till Halloween why not celebrate by spending time out in nature with my two favorites.
Now for a few shots of color I captured along the way.
This shot I took beside me while I was at the gas station fueling up.
Summer and Fall play Tug O War
No fall color to steal the beauty of the covered bridge this year.
JT and I may not have found a lot of color along the stream but we found a little Zen and her daddy found some color in his pan!
Clearly some of the trees were more like me holding on to Summer for all it is worth. Fall may be pretty to look at but next comes cold and snow and that is not welcome in my world yet. Poor folks in WY and SD just got hammered with a nasty blizzard and all-weather marches our way thankfully it is 2,000 miles away.
We left the river and climbed up to capture a pretty view which you can find even if the weather is not perfect.
As we traveled southeast I stopped to capture a few shots of a lake and to let the dog stretch her legs it had been a long day of riding and walking so I will add a few more photos of the lake as I end this post and get back to catching up on as many of yours as I can with the sun showing up I maybe pulled away again .
Have a great weekend!
I forgot. Yesterday was a day I listed to some Janis Joplin tunes as it was the day she died so long ago and as I traveled down 16 S I saw a place for Old Hippies and I needed some perfume, that I have worn as my signature scent since the late 60′s, yes Patchouli Oil lol “old hippies” (well I was just a tad too young to be a real one thankfully or I may not have made it either) I am told by the young girl inside come in for it all the time. This was the decoration outside their door. Now what a way to end a perfect trip for COLOR!
It was 1963 and I was seven. We had moved to the suburbs from the city as so many did but I was just a little over four then.
I swear I can remember walking down the street we would be moving to and looking at the few homes that were already up for buyers to pick from.
We went up to the house on the hill and it had a HUGE frog inside we wanted THAT HOUSE, me and my little brother.
Mom and Dad decided up by the busy road was not the house for us so we were going to live in the first house as you started down the dead-end road. It was a dirt road still with 4 homes ready for families and we got number ONE!
The woods behind the house were off-limits to a 4-year-old and a two-year old and Mom was going to have number 3 soon, so she could not run after us.
I guess I was about seven when I first ventured into those woods, behind our family home,. There a stream that ran alongside our property out in the forest. Mom took us three out to pick wild Blueberries. High bush type so she picked the most and we carried the containers. It was so beautiful out back I never wanted to go back to the house.
Mom still lives in that home and when we lost Dad eight years ago to Cancer, I found out that when he was not there I didn’t want to be either, just wasn’t the same but I did go back because Mom is there and I once again stepped back into those woods and began to cut back the growth on the other side of her fenced property. See they had fenced it off to keep us in. Scary things can happen to children in the woods all alone, though somehow we never quite believed them. Boy that huge forest I remember so fondly as a little girl is really just a silly half-acre but it used to be HUGE!
I remember a day so long ago , running back to the house with an armful of Lady Slippers for Mom, oh how I loved these blooms that loved the dark, damp wooded areas. She saw how pretty they were but insisted I should NEVER pick them again as I would be ARRESTED! They had a law for that, can you imagine being so young and loving the woods as I did and being told to be good. My poor Mom had her hands full!
So yes I love the country as it is truly a part of me. I never pick the flowers instead I grow so many in my yard as I can and capture all the wild ones with a camera.
I never wear shoes from spring to fall ( well unless I leave the yard) just like when I was seven boy did that make Mom mad, she said it made her look like a BAD MOM.. I say it made her look like a Mom who loved to see her kids happy and free to experience all the wonders of the world, well until I stepped on that bee!
So my home here in New England has a stream for one side of my property line too and tons of deep woods( over a couple hundred acres) with many wildflowers and insects , wildlife too.
The city is Grand don’t get me wrong. I spent 27 years driving a big rig through each of our nations cities. Eighty feet long and at times longer and did it like it was second nature to me but come the end of a trip or the end of a sixteen hour day it was back to the woods for me, as I have always adored nature it seems, well for the last 50 years to be certain.
Here is my piece of the forest , well this year maybe closer to a JUNGLE with all this rain
Here it is Saturday in the US and I was up at 3 AM seems normal for me of late and I find I stay up all day till crashing about 10 PM boy those were my hours most days as a trucker lol maybe I am just getting ready no not for this girl though with the lottery tonight and a jackpot of over 500 million I could buy a new rig and take trips when I wanted too! I have one ticket out of the millions sold so not a chance of it being me. I just hope a prize such as this goes to those who really could do some good with it. Ron says I would have family and friends coming out of the woodwork looking for handouts I remind him that if they didn’t enjoy me when I was poor they would hate me when I was RICH!
Well so much of my home is now painted still not done but well on its way and then it is time to add some color, the same, to the barn! Now lottery money would go to things like new barn shingles on the roof and a team to paint barn in one day not a year like I do it in. I would have a new lawn tractor with implements to remove snow, till the land and get rid of brush. A new chainsaw oh wait I would hire a man for that!
I have yet to place one plant into my space for an English Garden just been moving Ruggosa Roses to different areas of the yard as a living fence, Lilac shoots added onto berm area Forsythia too. I want to dig up my Wisteria for the third time hoping it will be the charm to get it to thrive and bloom once again. The lawn is now coming in as are the wildflowers and last night he started mower for me and I did the upper yard and moved down by the river and the chain came off so there the mower sits in the lower yard now you know why I need a real TRACTOR.
Here are my beautiful but very tall Lilacs. When they are all done blooming and they have gone by out will come the small chainsaw and I will cut them back to maybe 5 feet tall.
They are huge. Reaching so far up I can no longer get many flowers for the home.
We trimmed that Pear tree too. Yes it was full of blooms I showed you the Northern Flicker sitting in it on my other blog Folsom Mill Studio, we took 10 foot tall branches from the top half off they say to never do that to a Pear tree but what good it is if I have no ladder long enough to pick the fruit before they ripen on the tree and smash to the ground for yellow jacket bees to swarm. I will make some yummy things this year with the fruit I will now be able to reach. The Pear tree actually looks like a weeping fruit tree but the soil here is so rich I am sure it will be a monster needing attention next year too.
Well for the good stuff now.
This was the BEST MOTHER’S DAY for me. Only 2 have been special the one the year Mike and I connected and this year as we reach a new level of understanding. He is hoping to be heading this way soon as he fishes up his painting jobs and Artwork he has going on. Yes Life Is Good!
So it is important for me to have it all done around this place should he come by to say hello I want it to be warm and inviting lol nesting 37 years later you got to LOVE IT!!
Missed most of you but with new reader working awesome I can once again get New Posts!
Well yesterday, the 10th of May, our Hummingbirds finally made it back here to spend the summer with us.
As I sat playing frisbee with JT I had a female hummingbird sit upon the clothes line just to the left of where I was sitting. She looked healthy and I was glad to have just hung fresh sugar-water out for them. The Apple Tree is what I go by. As it had started to look as if it would burst forth in gorgeous blooms, I readied their feeders.
Up here in New Hampshire we have the Ruby Throat variety of Hummingbirds and an occasional Hummingbird Moth visit us. You know I love these little fighters though, I keep learning more amazing facts about them.
So did you know I had just one tattoo? It is in fact a life-size Hummingbird and this was also what I used for a CB Handle. Now the handle was used when traveling cross-country in the tractor-trailer we never used our own names? Did you have a CB and a Handle? I was trucking when Burt Reynolds made Breaker 1 9 pretty famous. Many songs, mostly country ones, have been done all about trucking, highways and roadie. I loved Convoy’s line “Crash the gate doing 98 and let them truckers roll!”
I had some wonderful times driving the night hours out there on the quiet roads of America. I usually drove after we had our evening meal and kept laying down the miles till it was time for breakfast, when the ex and I would switch. He did not want me, a greenhorn, in all the rush hour traffic he figured at night with just other rigs on the road what could happen.
Well let me tell you one of the stories from so long ago. I was heading west and in Kansas and had stopped to grab a coffee to help get me through my 12 hour shift. The road was dark and filled with many wild animals you had to not only watch for but to avoid as well. While filling the thermos for my evening run I was talking with fellow drivers who would be going the same way, WEST. So we followed each other out and got our trucks rolling down the interstate and chatting on our CB’s we all introduced ourselves and they thought Hummingbird was awesome! I told them it was because I was FAST! They loved it and off we went hammer down, (pressing the gas pedal). We gabbed for hours with each of us keeping our eyes peeled for the police as we were not doing 55. Then someone who had the lead suggested we try something he had all his lights on and if you have traveled the United States you know what I mean, LOTS OF LIGHTS on his rig. We truckers have a special name for ones like this, Chicken Hauler. Yes we have lots of nicknames like our CB Handel’s, like your personal car is called a 4 wheeler. So with truck out in front fully covered by tons of lights and the one in the rear of our convoy(a group of MANY RIGS) with its lights on, all of us in the middle had just our marker lights on NO HEADLIGHTS! Yes not to swift, were we night riders of our countries highways, mostly hell raisers and non conformists.
So mile after mile with our radar detectors working over time ever mindful of State Police we continued this way for miles and miles at a very good clip! Then we hear the bird dogs go off(radar detectors had names too) as a trooper was headed east and running his radar and capturing us all speeding but also us dummies in the middle of the convoy running without headlights. Now they run CB’s as well and had been listening to us talk and I was a very young female and they were all experienced truckers and who do you think the cop came for, yes ME! I saw him go into the medium strip and it was such a dip I saw his headlights shining on the sky above. He then came flying up the highway behind us and by now yes all of us had our lights on and speed to about 60 mph but he had locked on to me he said in the end.
So my trucking CB buddies were gone, I was alone except for ex in the bunk sleeping. I was in big trouble! This officer walked up to my driver’s door and told me to come back to his police car. As I opened the door and started down the ladder of our cab-over Freightliner he saw how young I was and ordered me to go back in and get all my PAPERWORK! License and registration book and my Log Book! OH NO I was really in trouble I hated doing logs as I could not do them the correct way as I had been taught to in tractor-trailer school not with the ex.
So with all of this placed on the floor of the cab I climbed down then reached up for all of this and headed back to the waiting officer. I am ordered to get into the back where upon he proceeds to read me the riot act about how I could have been killed. I told him if I had to pay a fine on the spot he would really see me die, at the hand of my ex-husband yes really young and dumb! I was not to speed or play around and I had a CB and Radar machine so there would be no fines! In the end this trooper was very nice and gave me a $20 fine I mailed to them from home. Sadly this was not the last time I drove FAST, like my little Hummingbirds! I too had places to go and people to see.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mom’s! I am going to have my best one yet! It is also JT’s birthday!
Leaves have begun to unfurl and show their beauty to those who wait for any sign.
Flowers in hanging baskets become all the rage
Even the beautiful Forsythia that lines this property had visitors! I love this beautiful, very tiny golden bug. I do love Macro for what shows up that I never saw .
Miss you all
We had our Garden Club plant sale yesterday wish it had been a sell out.
Painted almost the whole front side of our house today, ouch too much.
It has been so gorgeous here like a present for what we had to deal with this past winter.
I hope you are seeing better weather. We go to Boston tomorrow and for the first time I am uneasy about traveling to the city I adore. Mom has doctor appointment at one of the hospitals the wounded were taken to.
I am hoping to write a few stories and share some more photos I already have the photos in camera now to download them onto laptop and WRITE
Miss you all
This is a link for a story done about a nasty beetle found out in WY and we now here in NH are seeing more borer types attracting trees in the Northeast. Keep your eyes open to protect out TREES! Please
David is a friend of my son Mike. You can LIKE David’s page on Facebook The name of his page is in the article
Having just been Earth Day it is a good time to be reminded to LOVE OUR PLANET EARTH oh and EACH OTHER!!!!!!
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THE OLIVE TREE
The Olive tree is the only tree that grows almost exclusively here in the Mediterranean. Today the olive tree covers more than 10.8 million hectares of cultivated land around the world, of which 95% is in the Mediterranean region. One can see both wild and cultivated olive trees in this part of the world; they have more or less the same climatic requirements. Wild olives are found mainly in the lower altitudes- between sea level and 300m- along the shores of the Aegean, the coast of southern Turkey, the maritime belt of Lebanon ,and Israel as far south as Mount Carmel. Greece is the now third worldwide for the production of table olives and olive oil however, the situation was different in Antiquity .
The oldest tree at Ano Vouves Crete is believed to be at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old. It still produces olives.
During the second millennium…
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Hi everyone. No I am not lost but usually I shovel then suffer in pain but it is the workouts that have me seeing consistent success now at the scale on Tuesdays and is getting me closer to goal which will be a HEALTY weight never scrawny . I need my strength to make it through my meditation as well as that new English Garden I will be working on if winter ever let’s go of her death grip up here. No don’t worry just hard on old broken bodies but my sense of humor such as it is will get me to spring oh and the rains! Today NH is under the spell of another huge storm and why I am getting rains when others are getting twelve more, heavy wet inches of snow I have no idea but you know I am so grateful for each and every drop for it is melting our snowpack and snow on the roofs is shrinking too he said it was too slippery to climb up yesterday which worried me with the weight of heavy wet snow ruining so many homes and businesses elsewhere. Well I sold my conversion van and made another friend. She too is an author with all of you here I follow and follow me I can surely get my three written! I sold the van to get cash to fix my pick-up the one with the PLOW kind of late now as the birds are already singing their hearts out looking for the prettiest girls in town. I will scrub hummingbird feeders again to make sure no dust has gotten into the bags I store them in and get the seeds started for my garden even if I have to grow in 5 gal. buckets or a pallet have you seen that on Pinterest? I think this year I will even start Sunflowers in egg cartons or yogurt cups as I have plenty of empties and this way after the diet of black oil sunflower seeds I have been going through with my wildlife so far almost 400 lbs. of seed, they will not be able to dig up the ones I hide to line my yard with. Hard to outsmart wildlife though I am sure something hungry will come for the green growth like us and our salad greens!
So how have you all been? Life good or hard right now? I love hearing from you all and that some of you are regular visitors to my Portfolio Blog please me. You can comment on any blog. Tell me if you like certain photo or what you don’t like remember the only thing I have ever been a professional at is a driver, a big rig driver so you can help by chiming in . Some of you know I have been selling my photos on FAA under Eunice Miller and that I even set up a Facebook page that will link my photographs I have placed for sale right to their site in most cases. If you are artists that have begun to follow my blog thank you. Blogging has made me a better photographer still not anything to write home about but me and my little Kodak Easy Share once in a while capture something pretty and moving to some besides me for which I am thankful for isn’t that why we decide to step out of our nice comfy spot at home and reach out to the world at large with art and words. I would not have gotten to know you all had I not taken that very first step last Memorial Day weekend. I am blessed by each and every one of you and I think you already know that by what we have shared.
Now it wouldn’t be a Living and Lovin blog without a photo or two so this is what I have been thinking of
My Lilacs in full bloom calling out to all the insects and pretty butterflies that adore them as much as I do even Ron loves them JT loves to smell them she is a girl you know and all girls love pretty flowers.
For the bees to arrive so my fruit trees will bless us and the wildlife who also love fruit.
Now the Forsythia that are all over this place we call home are sure signs of SPRING arriving.
Now for this year along with the new English Garden area Ron will make me a sculpture as he was a welder for 35 years before retiring early with injuries. I am thinking something in pretty copper but maybe a mix if they can be put together with the arc from his welding rod. He is the pro so I will let him do his thing and praise the heck out of him because he is a good man to put up with me and so much sadness though it has gotten so much better since I have stopped hiding. So look for a blog on his artist work in the future here.
I will also divide my Hostas for an upcoming Garden Club Plant Sale in early May and take some new Lilacs and move them to my berm on the eastern side of my property I will add some shoots of Forsythia on berm as well because they will look beautiful as they grow and drape along this area with the Lilacs up above with a few little pretty shaped Pines. It will provide me with Privacy yes but mostly block the Orange Fence(plastic snow fence) from my view while I sit and tend to my garden since I do not see her as ever taking it down, even though it sits on the towns right a way.
So for now I will look and deal with the CRUD of Winter with visions of a beautiful spring!
We will hang out by the sea a lot till them even on a lousy weather day we can always find a ray of hope here along the water’s edge.
Take care everyone and again stop in at anyone of my places here on the world-wide web, you are more than welcome.
Now I am laughing as I write this post, no tears, not anymore well till I write story on Tuesday but even then I will lean towards POSITIVE as you all have been wonderful with me and for me honestly the ones who ran out, maybe they didn’t, that reader on Google drove me back to WP Reader for now and I will try to follow you through emails so I miss no posts we are not getting any younger, my birthday is less than three weeks away and THIS WEEK had me feeling even older than the 56, I am.
So here are a few photos not good enough for primetime as some were taken through a window where the stove was cranking out warmth .
See what winds and powdery type snow can do for a New England landscape. This came down like crazy and then the sun came out and temps. rose into the 40′s F and me stuck reading the scrawling GOOGLE READER, heard water dripping on the built-in plant window, beside the desk. I hardly left the desk all day yesterday and it was BEAUTIFUL by February in New England measures now today we had snow till noon and winds are moving at highway speeds yes 55 to 65 MPH. Many have lost trees and POWER fingers crossed I get post out to you all before we do.
I will show you a more from yesterday then some from today. Today I did go out to shovel while boyfriend and JT went to get part for coal stove can’t have that breaking on us. There was no more than 3 inches of light fluffy stuff easy to move but it was brutal with those winds. 12 miles further east they had 6 inches fall so far.
Just so picturesque hey see one of our Chickadee’s? This was the weekend to count birds I gave up TOO MANY, so very hungry and me the sucker for the wee ones .
Now this was my attempt to shovel a path and spread cracked corn and sunflower seeds all along the shoveled areas for them to SHARE, well I have a flock of Juncos who call my place home each winter and with all the food on ground really for them look where I found them
Hanging out in the Apple Tree scared of all the big bad bullies as soon as I stepped out the bullies departed and down came the Juncos. More food thrown out for them
Spring has to be on the way my Cardinals are so beautiful and they were scared in the winds today so pardon more lousy photos through the window
as I tried to capture their mating colors BRING ON SPRING early like Phil promised
One of 8 Males who call this place home
WOW They are so beautiful when they are looking for the ladies!
now it is the girls turn and I am sorry small camera and window shots not really what they are like here but you will get the idea I think check out their beaks I used to raise parakeets and I can tell. So much you still do not know about me
sorry it was snowing like crazy but isn’t this bird pretty
I scared one of the squirrels and he grabbed a seed and covered his face with snow poor baby too cold to be looking for food but a branch broke off the Willow that had been chewed by the Beaver and I had left it up so they could have their winter home sadly it is now an open air model they must be starving with no way to dig through 2+ feet of snow.
Well I took my little monster out with me and after she takes her time doing her thing next thing I know is she was feeling so frisky in this frigid air she decides she will HERD ME I tried to catch her mean look but sadly I came up short her too it just has not been a good two days for perfect picture-taking.
She really is fresh when she is acting like a Border Collie. This afternoon I was the Mommy and gave her a bath which she hates but boy does she love the blow dry and comb out now she is warm and napping and so very pretty and silky to the touch>
Well I hope you enjoyed my post it was nice to come here and chat with you and do a show and tell
For all of you west of me Keep The Snow I have birds who want spring as much as me
Yes I am HAPPY and LAUGHING
again Love you all and hope you get the weather you need as well
I can’t wait to see these beautiful Roses covered in blooms and bees yes LIFE IS GOOD
We drove my mother to her doctor appointment last week. I used to go to the hospital many years ago to see a doctor who practiced there so I knew right where I was going or so I thought. Mom had been born on that property in the old wooden hospital over by Spot Pond.
Our day started early we woke at 5:00 and left NH at 6:00 to miss rush hour traffic. We had a wonderful ride on a very cold day. Mom could have driven there but being 77 she worried about the morning traffic as they had given her a 9:00AM appointment for her stress test, I knew she did not need the stress of that bumper to bumper traffic on top of her test.
We took our truck as it was already warm inside this day in New England saw temps. below zero and with gusty winds it felt even colder.
After I made sure mom was all checked in and was all set, I made my way back to the truck. I grabbed my gloves and grabbed JT and her leash, the camera too thinking if I walked fast and kicked a stick we could do the loop around the old hospital, you see the place we had all thought we were going was CLOSED, boarded up with construction equipment throughout the beautiful property. As we walked the old paved walkway close to the buildings it really was tolerable weather wise but when we came around the corner and the winds welcomed us I knew I had to turn around for not only me but JT. Last thing I need is frostbite on my nose!
Here are a few photos I took, last week of a beautiful but rather frigid New England day in Massachusetts.
A very cold New Hampshire afternoon with the river doing her best to stay open and flowing but sadly it was loosing its battle with old man winter.
Now yesterday as the furnace cranked out the heat to keep us warm it did nothing to stop our bathroom pipes from freezing, have I told you I HATE WINTER!
I boiled tea kettle after tea kettle of water and poured down the drains in sink and tub. Who ever designed this home was nuts putting the bathroom on an outside wall! Then again when this camp was built they used and outhouse. Yes that was my world yesterday, me doing all I could from inside and him outside in below 0 F, with and extension cord and a hairdryer warming a vent pipe. I tried to remind him that the hot water I had been doing all day was working and that my hair dryer was NOT FOR OUTSIDE USE, in SNOW! I swear he will make me get my first Gray hairs!
I know I added the photos to the post but others never showed up!
I woke to a pretty powder coat look happening on all the trees just outside my home today.
Yes it meant we had to shovel but not the roof today. It snowed from the early morning hours and at 4:00 PM I was still moving snow to scatter seed for the ground feeding birds. I looked up into all of these large pines for that nasty hawk who snatched on of my pretty birds yesterday. All that was seen was a burst of feathers. Insert SAD FACE HERE.
JT hung out with me while I shoveled and he used the snow blower in the back yard.
After 2 hours we had the yard done for the first round, then we had to take a ride for more bird seed. The roads had been nuts around here for getting just a little amount of this light, powdery snow. I drove the three of us the 10 miles to the feed store and was pleasantly surprised to hear I had purchased the required 10 bags of bird seed so I got a 50 pound bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seed for FREE. The men loaded the truck up and we headed back down the road, for home. The roads were empty, the speeds had been lowered to 45 mph kind of crazy for so little snow. I have to tell you in case it did not hit your local news NH had a 40 mile bumper to bumper traffic jam. Can you imagine crawling along stuff in traffic hardly moving for FORTY MILES for 2 INCHES of snow. Today I was happy to play in the snow with him and JT and the pretty birds. I am grateful I was not in a BIG RIG, I am seeing how blessed I actually am .
How is your weather? Do you have crazy drivers where you live? I wonder who never made it to work today I know if I found myself in a 40 mile back-up I would take the next exit and go for breakfast then home to play in the snow.
It doesn’t hurt to know I have a place that looks so pretty to come home to, no matter how much snow has piled up.
My little shadow is always waiting to play no matter the weather.
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Se what I mean when you do all you can to protect a tree even one as damaged as this one was by that DAMN
Where would they find another home that quick?
Flying ones used to live in my walls, no I will keep a place for them to eat, drink and sleep but not with me!
Can you imagine the commune they have it that tree, glad they are quiet down inside that tree .
Do you have a tree like this?
I am blessed surly I am, to have this kind of world right outside the window. I think they like me too.
Snow bright White
Pines dark Green
Sky bright Blue
Such a pretty but cold day here in New England.
It is January 5 TH and with a foot plus of snow still in the yard I suppose it is how it is supposed to be.
I will bite my tongue as Tuesday it will be FORTY!
Hoping the snow I did not get off the roof will run like a faucet then. I am just now moving around without horrible pain.
Last thing I want to do is SHOVEL a Roof again OUCH
JT grabbed her Frisbee and me the camera and we went to walk the property so I could pick up any branches that may have come down it the nasty winds. You will see there is no snow. Plenty chilly today. The cat for some reason was running like she was a kitten again she is 12 now. So I toss the disc over and over while making sure the cat did not leave and head out into the coyote filled woods, all the while capturing parts of our yard before it gets covered in snow, the 2 or 3 in. we had last week melted with warmer temps and torrential rains. The river is actually at flood stage or 2 in. below today. Time to share our stroll around the yard.
Makes me miss Summer
Pretty even after frost and snow
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Leaving the Bristlecone Pines (Photo credit: brewbooks)
Inspiration comes from many places. To many times I forget just how much I am inspired by the blogs I read. Many are penned by those who read, comment on, or like my own posts. Today I was reminded, simply from reading a post on Living and Loving. The article was about a single old knurled pine tree found amongst many others. Wise Old Pine talks about a sense of spirit the tree seems to have, and how inspirational it is to the author because of its stalwart existence. Reading the story, made me think of those ancient old Bristlecone Pines trees I loved so much, back home.
I loved to hike along Windy Ridge above Alma, Co. or High Park, just below the summit of Mount Silverheels above Fairplay, Co. To meander among these ancient trees you couldn’t help but…
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Wise Old Pine
You know I love this one
Imagine the stories it could tell
Who has found their way to sit on a table under its outstretched branches
How many others thought it was worthy of a few photos
I have been here at the lake many times both in a boat and walking in the woods
This day I was there to see how much water was to be let out so I could prepare for the
flooding that would take place at home when they did and as I walked the different areas of
the shoreline I caught sight of this tree through the others
Holding on tight to anything it can grab
Trees amaze me
The power they hold it is what I am after
The ability to hold on
Reaching out with my roots
No matter the storms I brace myself for
I may adore the colors of Maples in the fall
The Willow in my yard
Pines such as this with so many stories
It continues to cling to the rocks, soil, earth
It is busted and broken but still here
Trees inspire me to keep on keeping on
As the sun rose and spread west
The light shone on all the work we have done
Yesterday I got some much needed rest
I still can not believe the damage one Beaver has done
I raked while he cut
He stacked while I trimmed trees
You could tell we didn’t spend much time sitting on our butt
So as I stood here with camera in hand the only word that came to mind was gee
We really took the bull by the horns on this one
The water is down almost to where it should be
The Beaver have NOT WON
Guess who has been sleeping ME
All others were Brown or void of leaves so this tree sitting in the sun on a beautiful Saturday morning was a treat for ME
Seems I have done my share of blogs with TREES but this type I LOVE it is very much ALIVE! lol
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I am so sad over the loss of my one Weeping Willow Tree
I have been here many years to watch it grow
I know it is just a tree
Why is it causing me so much woe
When just out back behind the barn
In the name of conservation
So many trees have come to harm
OH how I am so sorry they meant so little
They said they were coming here to protect the forest
I am here to tell you as many plant trees
I have a Land Trust raping this land
They are not taking out dead trees, like we are
They are taking down and grinding up healthy ones
JT and I walked along what used to be a pretty trail
Today it was ugly not due to a Beaver but by MAN
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We have so much work to do here in the lower yard, along the stream. I hope we can get it taken care of before the snow stops us in our tracks. We have to haul the pieces he cut for me to use as a place to step upon in the garden path areas, I think I want them to stay natural but not sure what kinds of bugs they will draw to the garden, not that the birds won’t love them. Here is how many he got ready for me with just two of the trees limbs.
The ones close to the entrance the Beavers made, will be burned as they have dried out too much.
We have had one fire to get rid of all the small pieces now to burn the chunks, on a calm evening. I would have loved to do it tonight with the shooting stars above but I am very tired and do not feel like watching a fire in the cold, all night, even with the pretty stars above.
Don’t forget to LOOK UP
She really is weeping as her days are now numbered. The Beavers started to attack her bark and left plenty of gashes to tell me they were going to finish her off. This tress was a small beauty when I mover her in 1988 here it is 2012 and will be gone if our bodies hold up, by 2013. I really need to be the one to take her down if left to the beavers it may take out the bedroom and us if we are in the bed. We do not have thousands to pay a tree company so we will do it a little at a time. I felt like we won in a way because one section they were gnawing on is now down, they will know I have had enough. I know they have to survive as well but our loss of a home or possible life or that of pets we love will have us working hard to take it down safely. I will use the willow pieces as stepping-stones in the yard, well till they become one with the landscape once again. She did her best to suck up flood waters over and over and though she looks gnarly and battered for all the storms she withstood her insides were beautifully healthy. The squirrels have lived up in the nook for years as winter approaches I do not know where they will go but sadly it is out of our hands she has to go on our terms to keep our home safe from ruin. There will be more grass to mow but I will plant a new Willow in her place and wrap her tender bark with metal fencing then a pretty fence for the outside world to see and I will fill it with plants and flowers the wildlife will love for cover and food, it is the best I can do.
Looks like he was leaving me a NOTE
That will have to wait as we are so sore from all we did yesterday.
I am happy to report no Beavers were killed yesterday while we were ready for them but we did have visitors 6 of them and they could not be happier with the river lower than it was and all the bugs they were finding.
Sorry I could not show this tree in a different way but it was so strong I had to try to share with you. Do you come
across things like this when you go for walks in the wood?
We loaded early for our get-a-way .
We were up against the weather.
The forecast called for heavy rain
all weekend long but the color will
not wait on a sunny day. We headed
north the quickest route. We got
there before the pouring rain. The tent
went up and now it was really wet.
Then we set up the shelter over our table.
The dog was disgusted we had no time to play.
We raced like crazy to try to keep every thing
dry as we could. It was a horrible weekend to
camp but our friends also were gluten for this
as well so with laughter and Rum we set about
having some fun. The fire pit was loaded with wood
and when it was roaring and throwing off heat
meals were made, drinks mixed and chatter began.
We talked till we were so tired we had to say goodnight
though it was already morning. We never saw the
Full Harvest Moon actually we did not see much being
fogged in as we were.
They found gold.
I took the dog out for a ride to find some color of our own.
Here are a few to show you what we saw and I will share more
after I warm up and sleep in my own bed.
Can’t wait to see what you have all done while I was away.
More shots to come after much needed REST!
As I walk along this road I pass this fat little tree
I think it is so beautifully natural
Not a perfect shape but so very healthy siting there posing for me
Who else will see this beautiful tree sitting alone along the road
It is surrounded by wildflowers to keep it company but I want it to have more.
The fact that this is a real Christmas Tree
Like the ones we decorate here each year
I want it to have a STAR up upon the tippy top
I shall see if I can fit a trip in before snows would prevent me from getting to the top of this path
I will gather natural materials to make it with
I think I will add things for the birds to eat
This little star will keep them fed and warm maybe for a night or three
I hope the storms are kind this winter
For when spring comes I will once again walk to the top
To see this Fat Little Pine Tree
With maybe a little less of me
Peace & Love
To each of you
We hit a local stream in upstate Vermont, with Gold on our
mind and a place to cool off the pup, on a hot summer day.
We made our way to the river with friends and it was so
peaceful there, under the trees. Their two sons taught our
Border Collie how to swim. I know she should have known but
she is a Herder not a Lab. In large fields full of Sheep, they do not
get many chance to play in water.
So with the children having fun, I took off with my camera.
I came upon a very old truck that someone had decided was much too much
trouble to have it pulled out of the woods. Wonder why it was there.
This is the first shot I took from the river.
The floorboards did not stop this tree from coming up through and growing into
a real beauty, even with this mess of twisted metal all around her.
They made cars and trucks back then to last but something tells me this tree will be
left standing when this old truck has just about rusted away.
I got back to the waterfall area where everyone was swimming and having fun, and I was
greeted by my happy, wet dog. She had a blast while I was exploring.
I love our times out in the woods and water together .
Can you tell what year and model this thing is, rusting out in the woods of Vermont?
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